FAVBKa080 Film Style Analysis

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Radomír D. Kokeš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Radomír D. Kokeš, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Fri 21. 2. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 28. 2. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 6. 3. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 13. 3. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 3. 4. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 24. 4. 17:00–18:40 C34, Fri 15. 5. 17:00–18:40 C34
Prerequisites (in Czech)
FAVBKa010 Introduction to Film Studies
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to familiarize and train the student in the methods, procedures and functions of the film style analysis, as well as in the ability to read critically the texts that work with this type of analysis.
Learning outcomes
After finishing this course, students will have been able to:
- recognize, classify and interrelate individual elements of film style within a particular film work and within the stylistic tradition to which the work may relate;
- formulate a research project, research issues and research questions associated with inward style analysis;
- formulate and argue their theses in different formats of stylistic analysis, focusing on the so-called analytical essay;
- critically read and analyze expert an expert analytical text in English.
  • The course takes the form of systematic analytical, presentation and discussion work, which develops in individual seminar meetings and regularly delivered homework.
    The course with two forms of main continuous outputs: analytical and meta-analytical.
    In the first case, the student submits every two weeks the so-called analytical cards, in which he analyzes the given film from various aspects of stylistic analysis. From the individual categories of film style, they gradually move on to their comprehension and formulation of more complex research problems, questions and theses connected with the inward analysis of a particular film. These cards do not take the form of a coherent text, but a structured curriculum of possible future work. The final essay as the final output of the course, has the form of a coherent text.
    In the second case, the student submits the so-called reading cards every second week in which he analyzes the given analytical texts in Czech or English, focused on the film style, formulating their research problems, questions, theses and logic of concrete argumentation. At the same time, the student regularly submits opponencies throughout the semester where he reflects critically on one of the analytical cards of his classmates while he regularly obtains such opponencies from his classmates as well.
    Seminar classes themselves are in the form of papers and detailed discussions over individual tasks.
  • Contact meetings will be devoted to the introduction to the topic and selected topics that are not supported by the obligatory and recommended literature.
    recommended literature
  • KOVÁCS, András Bálint. Screening modernism : European art cinema, 1950-1980. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. xii, 427. ISBN 9780226451657. info
  • BORDWELL, David. On the history of film style. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. x, 322. ISBN 0674634292. info
  • THOMPSON, Kristin. Breaking the glass armor : neoformalist film analysis. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988. x, 361. ISBN 0691067244. info
    not specified
  • BORDWELL, David and Kristin THOMPSON. Umění filmu : úvod do studia formy a stylu. Translated by Petra Dominková - Jan Hanzlík - Václav Kofroň. 1. vydání. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2011. 639 stran. ISBN 9788073312176. info
  • BUCKLAND, Warren. Directed by Steven Spielberg : poetics of the contemporary Hollywood blockbuster. New York: Continuum, 2006. xiii, 242. ISBN 0826416926. info
  • GIBBS, John. Mise-en-scène : film style and interpretation. 1st pub. London: Wallflower, 2002. 128 s. ISBN 9781903364062. info
  • SALT, Barry. Film style and technology : history and analysis. 2nd. expand. ed. London: Starword, 1992. 351 s. ISBN 095090662X. info
Teaching methods
Seminar discussions, regular papers, regular homework in the form of three types of so-called cards: analytical cards, reading cards and opponencies.
Assessment methods
Requirements during the semester:
(1) Students submit their work into the Homework Vault. i Late submission are considered not submitted without exception. To be successfully admitted to the final work, it is necessary to have submitted everything without exception.
(2) Students are required to attend all seminars, participation must be 100% and exceptions are not granted. In the first and second case, unpreparedness for the seminar is penalized by extracts from a large test in English, in the third case, it is classified as non-attendance and student is not admitted to the final work.
(3) Any attempted fraud means failure to meet the conditions of the course and disciplinary proceedings.
(4) Students receive a certain number of points for each assignment and activity during seminar lessons, with a minimum of at least 55% of the points they could gain during the semester to be admitted to the final exam.

Final exam:
The final exam consists of two types of consecutive papers, while the second part is subject to obtaining at least 55% of the points gained from the first part. The first part is a system analysis of the style of several given films and the student presents only research problems, questions and concrete analytical theses of possible analysis. The second part consists of an eight-page analysis of one of the films, to which students had submitted issues, questions and theses within the first part of the exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Seminář je určen pouze studentům prvního ročníku.
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